Lara Briden

This week Mikki jumps on the call with Lara Briden, a naturopathic doctor who specialises in women's hormones.

Lara has an evolutionary biology background and a strong science base for her work; we talk about her recommendations for women entering perimenopause and menopause (or as Lara calls it, Second Puberty). This is full of so many practical take home tips, including

Women's thoughts about going into menopause (and Chapter 2 of Lara's book, The Hormone Repair Manual)
Grandmother Hypothesis
What happens to our hormones as we head into perimenopause
What changes occur (and what to expect)
Problem with alcohol
Fasting and ketogenic diets for menopause
The brain and menopause
Lara's top supplements and dietary tips


Subclinical magnesium deficiency
Lara's paper on the evidence for using progesterone for treating PCOS
Lara's books The Period Repair Manual and the Hormone Repair Manual

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual — practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones. With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.